In his first institutional solo exhibition, the artist Paul Haas shows his three-part work Storema. His sculptures deal with the question of the relationship between material, memory and body and what a formal language of our time could look like. Art has been overcome for centuries. Techniques, which people did not know while they were still on earth, populate the world. Only on the remote planet Feldeváye, art returns as a gift from an alien species. In Dietmar Dath‘s science fiction novel Feldeváye (2014), the Storema are extraterrestrial, highly philosophical spiritual beings in wooden shells that stimulate other ways of thinking. Paul Haas’ sculptural work Storema appears to be components of a single, non-human body with a modular structure. The boundaries of this body are not clearly defined, but expandable. In Storema, traditional handicraft techniques, used materials and traditional forms are coalescing. What role concrete materials play in one’s own biography and which materials one surrounds oneself with is not only part of a personal, but also a social history for Haas. In his artistic practice, he uses techniques such as woodturning, which he is familiar with through his own family history, and combines them with a search for a new artistic form in the face of current questions.
About the artist /
Paul Haas studied Media Art at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and has been studying at the University of Fine Arts - Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main under Gerard Byrne since 2019. His works have been shown in group exhibitions at the Museum of Odessa Modern Art, Odessa, UKR, at transmediale, Berlin, and GalerieMNeun, Weimar. He lives and works in Frankfurt am Main.